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Statement of Earnings - 20/21

All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in Southover Medical Practice in the last financial year was £68,428 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 3 full time GPs, 3 part time GPs and 2 locum GPs who worked for the practice for more than 6 months.

Concessionary Bus Travel

English National Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007– Eligibility Criteria

The new English National Bus concession is a valuable benefit to those aged 60 years or over and persons of any age with a specified disability. Like all local authorities Torbay Council requires applicants to provide evidence of their eligibility before a pass is issued.

Although the disabled can provide a number of documents to achieve this and we encourage them to do so, inevitably on occasions they will seek supporting evidence from their GP.

An overview of the relevant legislation follows. It is intended to act as a guide to refer to in order to try to reduce the administrative burden for all.

The Act provides free bus travel to all eligible persons on local bus services anywhere in England between the hours of 0930 and 2300 Monday to Friday and at any time on weekends and Bank holidays.

The eligibility criteria for concessionary travel are described in section 145(2) of the Transport Act of 2000. The categories of persons entitled are as follows;

  • a) Those aged 60 years or over
  • b) The blind or partially sighted
  • c) Persons who are unable to speak
  • d) Those who are profoundly deaf
  • e) Persons without both arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms.
  • f) Persons who are unable to walk or have very limited ability to walk.
  • g) Persons who would be refused a driving licence for medical reasons (excluding the misuse of alcohol or drugs)
  • h) Persons with a learning disability
The disability must either be permanent or anticipated to last for a period of at least one year. The disabled in categories b-e are usually registered with the Healthcare Trust and able to provide evidence of this. However it may be helpful to summarise the guidance offered by the Department of Transport in relation to the remaining categories.

Persons who are unable to walk or have very limited ability to walk

Inability to walk should be such that the person is unable to walk up to 100 metres without stopping, experiencing extreme discomfort, or requiring help from another person. (ie walking ability should be substantially impaired and not fall far short of that required to qualify for the higher rate mobility component of DLA)

Persons who would be refused a driving licence for medical reasons (excluding the misuse of alcohol or drugs)

Section 92 of the Road Traffic Act 1993 gives grounds upon which the Secretary of State may refuse a driving licence application on grounds of medical fitness.

  • Persons with epilepsy
  • Persons with a severe mental disorder
  • Persons liable to sudden attacks of fainting or giddiness
  • Persons unable to read a registration plate in good light at 20.5 metres (with lenses if worn)
  • Persons with other disabilities which are likely cause the driving of motor vehicles by them to be a source of danger to the public
It should be noted that persons whose unfitness to drive results from the misuse of drugs or alcohol are specifically excluded from the legislation and are not eligible for a bus pass.

Persons with a Learning Disability

Learning disability is defined in the Act as “A state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning.”

As you are no doubt aware the Department of Health adopted this term in 1992 in place of the term “Mental Handicap” as it is seen as more acceptable. The associated guidance goes on to explain that persons in this category will have “A reduced ability to understand new or complex information, a difficulty in learning new skills, and may be unable to cope independently. These disabilities must have “a lasting effect upon development, and must have been present before adulthood”

It would be of great assistance if any supporting letters from the practice could make specific reference to the particular part of the legislation considered relevant, confirm that the client’s condition is not due to the misuse of drugs or alcohol, and could indicate for how long the condition is likely to persist. A proforma is available which if used should be completed and supplied to the applicant on surgery letterhead paper.

If you have any concerns or queries please contact;

Phil Cornish
Concessionary Fares Administrator
Torbay Council
3rd Floor Roebuck House
Abbey Road
Torquay
TQ2 5TF

Telephone 01803 208830
Fax 01803 208882

Useful Telephone Numbers

Organisation   Number
Age Concern   01803 200377
Samaritans   08457 909090
National Childbirth Trust   01803 613819
Relate Marriage Guidance   01803 411379
CRUSE (Bereavement)   01626 332450
Citizens Advice Bureau   01803 521726
Social Services   01803 201201
Health Visitor   01803 327855
Midwife   01803 654615
Community Nurses   01803 210641 or 01803 210643
Alcoholics Anonymous   01803 298000
Alcohol Self Referral Service   01803 604334
Child Line   0800 1111
Disability Information Service   01803 552175
Down's Syndrome Association   01803 298620
Drug and Alcohol Team   01803 291129
Torbay Sexual Medicine Service   01803 656500

 

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